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Studies Currently Enrolling

Fluid Therapy and Cerebral Injury in Pediatric Diabetic Ketoacidosis

ASSESS (Age Specific Screen for Ethanol and Substance Status)

Annual Scientific Grant Writing Workshop

This is a valuable workshop for grant writers who want to improve their skills and receive guidance on research oriented grant writing.

August 20-22, 2014 Chicago, IL

Comparison of Decision Rules Highlights PECARN

A recent publication in Annals Of Emergency Medicine compared 2 clinical decision rules and clinician practice to the PECARN TBI prediction rules (published in Lancet 2009) to evaluate diagnostic accuracy for identifying clinically important traumatic brain injuries in children with minor head trauma presenting to the ED. This study concluded that only physician practice and the PECARN TBI prediction rules identified all clinically important TBIs. Link to abstract.

PECARN Training Module and Tools

Performance Measures toolbox

Training module for investigators

Recent Publications

Association of Traumatic Brain Injuries With Vomiting in Children With Blunt Head Trauma. Annals of Emergency Medicine, Feb 2014

Identifying Children at Very Low Risk of Clinically Important Blunt Abdominal Injuries. Annals of Emergency Medicine, Available online 1 Feb 2013

Pediatric Diabetic Ketoacidosis, Fluid Therapy and Cerebral Injury: The Design of a Factorial Randomized Controlled Trial.  Pediatric Diabetes 2013 Mar 13.

A Multicenter Study of the Risk of Intra-abdominal Injury in Children After Normal Abdominal CT Scans in the Emergency Department. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2013 Apr 25.







PECARN, the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network, is the first federally-funded pediatric emergency medicine research network in the United States. PECARN conducts high-priority, multi-institutional research on the prevention and management of acute illnesses and injuries in children and youth of all ages.

PECARN is supported by cooperative agreements between seven academic medical centers and the Health Resources Services Administration / Maternal and Child Health Bureau / Emergency Medical Services for Children Program (HRSA / MCHB / EMSC).